KINGSTON — There will be no further sitting of the Commission of Enquiry into the handling of the extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, according to a Spokesperson from the Commission’s Secretariat.
After 44 days of testimony, the Enquiry, which was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, was adjourned on Friday, April 1, with a resumption date set for April 8, in the event that there were additional witnesses to be called.
However, the Spokesperson from the Secretariat told JIS News, today April 7, that the Commission of Enquiry will have no further sitting. It is expected that Commissioners, Hon. Emil George, Q.C., Anthony Irons and Donald Scharschmidt, Q.C., will submit their final report on or before May 16.
Although there were 44 days of testimony, the Commissioners actually met for 45 days, as they held their first meeting on December 6, 2010.
The Commission of Enquiry, which was broadcast live on television and streamed on the internet saw testimonies from a number of prominent figures, including Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding; Attorney General and Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne; Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson; Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz; Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda; former Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ronald Robinson; former Commissioner of Police, Hardley Lewin; former Chief of Defence Staff, Stewart Saunders; Solicitor General, Douglas Leys, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Evadne Coye.
The Commission was established by Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding last October to enquire into the issues relating to the extradition request by the Government of the United States for Christopher Coke, as well as the hiring of the U.S. law firm, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
By ATHALIAH REYNOLDS, JIS Reporter